The Grass is Greener…Um, I Mean Amazing-er.

by Jenn (eating bender) on June 8, 2009

Good eveeeening! And happy birthday, Sarah!

I am currently catching up on my DVR shows before I have to get rid of Comcast. I missed a lot of season finales, so this has been a cliffhanger kind of night. Today I started packing my things, which feels very odd! It’s also a bit overwhelming – you never realize how much stuff you accumulate until you have to box it up! It’s time to figure out what the most important things are :)

Today was a pretty great day in terms of eats – something “blogworthy” for once! I woke up this morning craving a smoothie, so I decided to make use of my Amazing Grass samples that I received recently.


This was the berry flavor of the “Green SuperFood,” and you can read about all the benefits here. I decided to make my own version of a green smoothie.

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet cherries
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax
  • 1 packet Berry Green SuperFood

It wasn’t really green, per se, but a nice brown color…ha.


It was excellent! It really gave me a boost of energy, and I didn’t even notice the powder in there at all. I felt so light and summery while drinking it :) I’m looking forward to trying some of the other samples. Big thanks to Teri Jo from Amazing Grass for the samples! And Caroline for hooking me up, too!

Nutrition Information (per serving):

  • 285 calories
  • 5g fat
  • 66g carbohydrates
  • 18g fiber
  • 9g protein

The only downfall to drinking a smoothie is that it makes me cold! A little while later, I made myself a mug of Coffee Cocoa to warm back up.


I spent the rest of the morning putting the finishing touches on my photojournalism project. I can’t wait until class is over tomorrow and I can finally scream, “I’M DONE WITH COLLEGE!!” :) I’ve been waiting for that moment for a few weeks now. I also had a great interview with a dietician for the blog – more on that in an upcoming post!

Then I started the daunting task of packing. Oh boy. I snacked on an apple while I got to work.


But it didn’t take too long before I wanted lunch.


I didn’t realize unti later today that my lunch was very…beany. Ya.

I found a can of green beans that needed to be used up, so I heated them on the stove and added some sliced almonds and a sprinkle of Goya. They were great!


I also had a Morningstar Black Bean Burger on an Arnold Sandwich Thin. I missed these!


It was a very filling and beany sort of lunch. Good for the digestion 😉

After lunch, I yelled at myself – VeggieGirl can attest – to get a move on (literally!) with the packing. I actually filled about 4 boxes and made a pile of donations, so I’m going to call today a success. I took a break for another snack of fresh fruit: blueberries, blackberries and dark cherries. I am so happy that cherries are back!! Last summer, I bought a bag of Rainier cherries almost every week.


Packing took up most of my afternoon. Then I decided to hit up the gym for some more intense cardio. I did 30 minutes on the Stairmaster and then came home and did some ab exercises. By the time I got cleaned up, I was hungry for dinner.


I’ve been using up all of the stuff we have left in the fridge/freezer lately, and tonight, that meant tilapia. I coated the tilapia with mesquite seasoning and cooked it in strips on the stove until it was nice and crispy. They were so good!


On the side, I had a whole wheat tortilla filled with almond butter and raspberry jam.


After dinner, I went on a walk around campus with two of my best friends. We’ve been doing this a few times when the weather is nice, and it’s so much fun! I just wish we would have thought to start it sooner. It gives us a chance to take a break from it all and catch up.

I can’t believe another day is over already! Last day of class tomorrow – I better get some sleep 😉

Have a tubular Tuesday,


{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Run Sarah June 8, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Those cherries look perfectly fresh…yum!


2 Marianne June 8, 2009 at 11:39 pm

I’m already thinking of ways to procrastinate packing my stuff, and I’m not moving until August! HA!


3 Sarah June 8, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Packing is no fun. Unpacking is worse, though. Here’s my rule of thumb: if I haven’t worn/used it in a year, donate it. It’s passed the window, its time to move on.

Enjoy your last day of class!


4 homegirlcaneat June 9, 2009 at 1:10 am

Woohooo you are so close of being done! I remember packing up my dorm room at boarding school…so many boxes that I had to carry to a car then to Fedex to get shipped from Tennessee to California! Then they arrived..and they sat there for a good month before I unpacked them all at once! I believe in youuuu!!


5 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) June 9, 2009 at 1:29 am

Thanks for the product review!

Yum, those are some good eats!

Have a great day tomorrow!


6 Meg June 9, 2009 at 4:14 am

Love all the eats! Congrats on the last day of class!!!! :)


7 Aimee June 9, 2009 at 4:24 am

Enjoy your last day of classes!!! Those cherries and berries look great.


8 Erica June 9, 2009 at 4:41 am

Packing is always such a HUGE task! Good’ll get through it!! Congrats on finishing today- take yourself out for a treat after your presentation for sure! Great meals- especially that tilapia!


9 VeggieGirl June 9, 2009 at 5:14 am

Haha yes, since I though you were yelling at ME, I can attest, hahaha 😀 Hang in there love!


10 Mara @ What's For Dinner? June 9, 2009 at 5:19 am

GEt PACKING!!!!! Sorry ’bout today… dumb kids and their germs… but soon!!! Are you free Friday?? :)


11 FoodsThatFit June 9, 2009 at 5:39 am

Ooh, I feel your pain, packing is my least favorite thing to do! But if I am in the right mood, I love clearing out some of the stuff I haven’t used in who knows how long, and decrease some of the clutter.

You’ve made some delicious looking meals while using up some of your freezer and cupboard goods. The tilapia looks like something you would get at a restaurant. :)

I wish we could have met up with you while we were in the Midwest. But, if you are ever out West, know that you are more than welcome to stay with us.

I’m so excited for you being so close to being done with school. What a huge accomplishment, and I hope you will soon have some extra time for yourself!

Have a great day twin!!!


12 Anne K. June 9, 2009 at 6:17 am

Love the eats! I keep hearing about that Amazing Grass stuff–it sounds awesome. Your tilapia looks amazing, too.

Congrats on the last day of school! How exciting 😀


13 Coco Knudson June 9, 2009 at 6:45 am

Congrats on finishing!!! That is the best feeling in the world. It’s crazy how fast it all flies by as well. I have been thinking about adding the Amazing Green packets to my smoothies, but I thought it might make them too green since I put in spinach. But, sounds like it’s good! Thanks for the review and congrats again!!!


14 brandi June 9, 2009 at 7:15 am

LAST DAY OF CLASS!!!! Enjoy it :)


15 glidingcalm June 9, 2009 at 7:34 am

you’re almost there girl!!!!!!

ohhhhhh so that’s how you make canned green beans taste good!!!!

morningstar black bean burgers. DROOL.

that dinner looks AMAZING!! love the tilapia and the nut butter/jam tortilla. perfect.

good to know that Aamzing grass tastes alright too!!

good luck with the packing!!!! my movers arrive sometime next week with all of my stuff, and right now I have no idea how i am going to get everything UNPACKED. My room is stuffed FULL and I dont even have my new stuff in here yet!!!!!


16 ksgoodeats June 9, 2009 at 7:36 am

Woohoo for last day of class!! Why is it that canned green beans are almost better than fresh? I love canned!

Packing is the worst thing in the world :( Good luck! Did you catch up on LOST? Ahhh I need it to come back now!


17 Amanda June 9, 2009 at 7:46 am

mmm…why don’t i eat cherries? i only have them when they go on top of sundaes :)

and i am going to be around for awhile! i’m moving directly from my house to my apartment for the summer with no plans to go home before or after. maybe we could get together before ashley comes in july!


18 jenngirl June 9, 2009 at 8:11 am

Wow, you are seriously at the END!! Congrats Jenn, you have so much to be excited for! :)

Good luck with packing up, last classes, and have a wonderful Tuesday!


19 carolinebee June 9, 2009 at 8:11 am

mm fish, almond butter and jam- delish 😀 Good luck tomorrow!! Shout it from the rooftops!


20 Shannon June 9, 2009 at 8:28 am

loving all of those berries <3 good luck with the packing!


21 Bec June 9, 2009 at 8:51 am

oh the joys of meals made up of cleaning out the freezer goods


22 Gena (Choosing Raw) June 9, 2009 at 8:52 am

I’m not a huge fan of supplements, Jenn, but I’m hearing nice things about the Amazing Grass. Enjoy it!!


23 Hangry Pants June 9, 2009 at 8:57 am

Tubular Tuesday to you as well!

So excited for you! Have a super last day of college!


24 Sara June 9, 2009 at 9:11 am

Enjoy your last day of classes! Your tilapia looks great!


25 Jess June 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

Congats on the end of school! Packing is the WORST! Are you reamining in Chicago?? I know you mentioned this but I forgot!


26 Fitzalan June 9, 2009 at 9:34 am

Last day of class…crazy! Are we going to get to see your photojournalism project?

Happiness Awaits


27 Maria June 9, 2009 at 9:40 am

Haha I just commented on Eat Live Run, that I get cold too if I don’t eat a bowl of oats (or something cold like a green smoothie) in the morning. I guess a lot of people are like that :D.

Looks like you did have some fabulously good eats. Everything looks delicious. I must try mesquite seasoning on fish.

I hope you enjoy those last bits of college. *sigh* I miss college and I just graduated in March 😉


28 Jenny June 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

good luck with your last day of classes pretty girl!


29 ComcastMark June 9, 2009 at 9:59 am

Everything looks so yummy here. Maybe I should try the amazing grass too. Thanks for sharing the info and photos.

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30 Emily June 9, 2009 at 10:00 am

Awesome looking eats! Good luck on your last day! :)


31 Ellen (Peace in Motion) June 9, 2009 at 10:23 am

mmm I love smoothies on summer mornings!


32 Allison June 9, 2009 at 10:24 am

That bowl of fruit looks amazing! YAY FOR YOUR LAST DAY!!! :)


33 elise June 9, 2009 at 11:18 am

ew packing is the worst! i second sarahs comment. if its been a year – salvation army gets it!

the green smoothie looks more like swamp water than kombucha! a new food blog fad? things that look like they can be found in the jungle!


34 Alisa - Frugal Foodie June 9, 2009 at 11:18 am

I am soooo addicted to Amazing Grass. Just working my way through the berry version and it is awesome :)


35 Anna June 9, 2009 at 11:20 am

I need to get my hands on some grass! No, not that grass… haha. Seriously, though, that stuff looks incredible!


36 Sarah June 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm

thanks for the birthday shout-out!!

this should come as no surprise but I’m pretty sure I have that exact same mug.

Can you believe college is finally over? So surreal—just wait until graduation then you’ll really feel strange. Packing is the worst, good luck with it!


37 Melissa S. June 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

ahhh…you’re so close!

and dude, you make me want chicken…even though i’ m a veg. yours looks delish!

want that berry dish…yummers!


38 jocelyneatsfresh June 9, 2009 at 7:21 pm

have a great last day of classes! Must be so exciting!! I can relate with packing up and feeling overwhelming! It gets better though :)


39 Shannon (The Daily Balance) June 9, 2009 at 7:45 pm

LOOOOOVE cherries! also so glad they are back in season 😉

have a great night1


40 gina (fitnessista) June 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

“tubular tuesday” 😀 that word is WAY underutilized in my opinion 😉
the tilapia looks soooooo good. i haven’t had that type of fishy in too long- thanks for reminding me to have a fish taco night asap
one more day!!! that’s so exciting!
hope you have a great night 😀


41 karla522 June 9, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Yayayay! You should be OFFICIALLY finished by now. Congratulations Jenn! Looks like you are finding some time to still have fun during your last few busy days. Good for you! :)


42 broccolihut June 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Amazing Grass sounds like the new product to try these days…I wonder how it would taste in my nightly smoothie concoctions:)

PS Lovely sunlit pictures today–I especially like the one of the berries!


43 luckytastebuds June 9, 2009 at 10:36 pm

ahhh your tilapia looks fantastic!!! But i must say i’m not a big fan of the sandwich thins…they REALLy don’t fill me up…it’s kind of sad, i feel like a beast after i eat a lunch with arnold thins as my “bread”. hahahaha

Jennnnn count down till graduation!?!?! YAY!!! according to my clock…I think you’re DONE!!!!! Senior year is over?? Noooooo!!


44 Alison June 10, 2009 at 6:56 am

Love the variety of fruits in your smoothie! I hate canned green beans. But my mother does have one good way of preparing them: mix them with chili sauce and a few slices of cooked, crumbled bacon. Yum.


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